Pat Boone, who is an even worse columnist than he is a singer (and that’s saying a lot), has a Worldnutdaily column asking if we are “still one nation under God.” The answer is no, of course, nor were we ever, all empty slogans to the contrary. And he offers the same illogical argument that all theocrats do, that Jefferson used the word “creator” and therefore the Bible determines the limits of our rights.
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
Catch that word, their “Creator”? Our founders knew – and publicly proclaimed – that our rights, and life itself, flowed directly from the power and benevolence of our Creator! And that a democratic republic, unprecedented in human history, must be comprised of, and governed by, individuals who would diligently endorse and obey the rules laid out by that Creator for the continuance of that free society.
But Jefferson’s “creator” was not the same as the Christian God. He called the Christian God “cruel, capricious, vindictive and unjust,” the gospel writers a “band of dupes and impostors and Paul the “first great corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.” And he believed that Jesus was not divine but was merely a man and that he had never claimed to be anything other than a man like you and me.
And if you really think the rules laid out in the Bible are necessary for “the continuance of that free society,” then we’ll need to bring back slavery (which is commanded repeatedly in the Bible, with not a single word against it) and eliminate the First Amendment because the very first commandment is “thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
There was no other way to perpetuate our new liberties, including equality for all citizens. That way was based completely on the Bible, and on the precepts God had revealed unmistakably in His Book. Without the Bible, we would never have had our Constitution.
Well sure. Because if the Constitution were based on the Bible, clearly it would not contain any references at all to the Bible or to any idea presented in the Bible. And when the men who wrote it explained to a predominately Christian population why they should vote for the Constitution in, say, the Federalist Papers, they would obviously not bother mentioning the Bible at all. It all stands to, err, reason.
Some revisionists today want you to believe otherwise. When I talked about this with Bill Maher, a cynical unbeliever, he sent me an Los Angeles Times article declaring that all the framers were deists or outright atheists, not Christians.
I’d be willing to bet this is a lie. I did a search of the LA Times for such an article. I did find one that talked about many of the key founders being deists and unitarians, but not atheists. Christopher Hitchens’ terrible blunder notwithstanding, no one really thinks the founders were atheists (though the Pat Boone’s of that day did accuse them of being so).